How many beers do you bring to these events?
Unlike wine, you have to swallow the beer to taste it. Six or seven [apiece] is about the limit for most events.
Let’s say I want to know what beers will go best with White Castles and nachos on Super Bowl Sunday.
Well, White Castles are pretty greasy. You would want a lot of beers with great effervescence to cut through the grease. Bottle-conditioned beers, fermented like champagne, would be very good for that – they’re extra fizzy. As for the nachos, we’d probably use something from the West Coast, one of those very hoppy beers that pair naturally with spicy food — Stone IPA, for example, or Sierra Nevada.
Do you ever drink, or have people taste, cheap domestic beers?
I stay away from Budweiser and Anheuser Busch. I think they have enough business as it is. But I do drink Pabst Blue Ribbon and, for nostalgia’s sake, Meister Brau. I like to pair those with hot dogs. There’s a place in Williamsburg called the Levee, where for $2 you can get a hot dog with chili and onions, and for another $2 a cold PBR. You can do pretty well for $15 there.
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